S10  Sarcococca confusa - sweet box Small evergreen shrub Position: partial to deep shade Soil: moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained Rate of growth: slow to average Flowering period: December to March Flower colour: white Hardiness: fully hardy Sweetly scented, pure white flowers from December to March followed by spherical, glossy black berries With lustrous dark green leaves this lovely winter-flowering, dense evergreen shrub is perfect for a shady border or woodland garden.

Buy sweet box Sarcococca confusa - Sweetly scented, pure white flowers December to March: Delivery by Waitrose Garden in association with Crocus

P8 Hakonechloa macra Hardy semi-evergreen perennial grass Position: prefers a cool moist environment in sun or part shade Soil: moist, humus-rich soil Rate of growth: slow, non-invasive Flowering period: late June - early July Hardiness: fully hardy A small, ornamental semi-evergreen grass which builds into gently cascading hummocks of bright green. Fine, light sprays of lime green flowers appear during June and July, giving a billowing lightness to planted drifts.

UNDER TREE BED: Hakonechloa macra semi-evergreen perennial grass good for shade. Non-invasive, fully hardy A small, ornamental semi-evergreen grass which builds into gently cascading hummocks of bright green.

P17 Polypodium vulgare Small native hardy evergreen fern Position: full sun or dappled shade Soil: moderately fertile, humus-rich, gritty or stony, well-drained soil Rate of growth: average This British native evergreen fern is one of the most versatile for our climate, content in most soils, damp or dry, as long as it has some shade. It has long, leathery, dark green fronds with a slight sheen, and an attractive, lacy appearance. Looks wonderful in a woodland setting or under deciduous…

UNDER TREE BED: Polypodium vulgare Small British native hardy evergreen fern, good for shade. One of the most versatile for our climate, content in most soils, damp or dry, as long as it has some shade.

P4 Carex oshimensis 'Everest' Evergreen perennial grass A dense, tufted grass forming a mound of narrow, arching, glossy, dark green leaves with white margins and lax stems bearing brown flower spikes in summer.

Carex oshimensis 'Everest' Evergreen perennial grass A dense, tufted grass forming a mound of narrow, arching, glossy, dark green leaves with white margins and lax stems bearing brown flower spikes in summer.

S9  Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens' purple sage Small hardy evergreen shrub Position: full sun or partial shade Soil: light, fertile, moist, well-drained soil Rate of growth: average to fast Flowering period: May - July Flower colour: lilac-blue Other features: leaves can be used fresh or dried to flavour food. Lilac-blue flowers in early to mid-summer and aromatic red-purple young leaves maturing to grey-green. Purple sage looks stunning planted next to golden oregano in a sunny herb…

Buy purple sage / Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens' Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens' - Attractive red-purple young leaves: Delivery by Waitrose Garden in association with Crocus

P15 Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' Evergreen hardy perennial Position: full sun or part shade Soil: moist, well-drained, slightly acidic soil Rate of growth: average Flowering period: June - August A small easy to grow perennial with strappy, inky purple grass-like leaves & small spikes of bell-shaped pale mauve flowers in summer followed by spherical dark blue fruit. It looks great with other grasses & provides a brilliant contrast with silvery plants in sun or bright green ferns in…

Almost black, grassy foliage black mondo black mondo black mondo black mondo Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'

S3 Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald Gaiety'  Small evergreen shrub Position: full sun or partial shade Soil: any well-drained Rate of growth: fast Flowering period: May & June Hardiness: fully hardy Clusters of insignificant green flowers appear in May & June among small green leaves with white margins that are pink-tinged in winter. This bushy variegated, evergreen shrub makes excellent ground cover & a good foil for more ornamental flowering shrubs.

Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald Gaiety' evergreen bittersweet Position: full sun or partial shade Soil: any well-drained soil Rate of growth: fast-growing Height: m Spread: m Flowering period: May and June Hardiness: fully hardy

C7  Lonicera periclymenum 'Serotina' late Dutch honeysuckle Vigorous deciduous climber Position: full sun or partial shade Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained Rate of growth: fast Flowering period: July - October Hardiness: fully hardy A classic cottage-garden climber with large, fragrant, tubular, creamy-white flowers, streaked dark-red purple, that give it a two-tone appearance. Flowers later than most varieties & will keep on producing scent & flowers for several weeks in late summer…

Buy late Dutch honeysuckle Lonicera periclymenum 'Serotina' - Late flowering, with showy white and purple blooms: Delivery by Crocus

P18  Polystichum setiferum - soft shield fern Large evergreen fern, native to Britain Position: full or partial shade Soil: fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil Rate of growth: average Hardiness: fully hardy  Has soft, dark green fronds that emerge upright before unfurling and falling softly open. Either cut back the old foliage in early January to allow space for spring bulbs, or leave them in place until April when the new fronds appear.

Polystichum setiferum (soft shield fern) A large, evergreen fern 120 cm high, 90 cm spread

C6  Lonicera japonica 'Halls Prolific' honeysuckle Vigorous evergreen to semi-evergreen climber Position: full sun or partial shade Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained Rate of growth: fast Flowering period: April - August Hardiness: fully hardy A free-flowering variety with masses of sweetly scented tubular flowers opening pure white and ageing to yellow. In milder winters the handsome, dark green leaves can stay on the plant all year.

Buy Japanese honeysuckle Lonicera japonica 'Halls Prolific' - Very free flowering and vigorous: Delivery by Waitrose Garden in association with Crocus

C2  Clematis montana var. rubens 'Pink Perfection' clematis (group 1) Vigorous deciduous climber Position: full sun or partial shade Soil: fertile, well-drained, neutral soil Rate of growth: fast-growing Flowering period: May and June Flower colour: pink Hardiness: fully hardy Sweetly scented, pink flowers in May and June amid purple-flushed, mid-green leaves. This vigorous, deciduous clematis is ideal for covering a wall or fence in sun or partial shade.

Sweetly scented, pink flowers in May and June amid purple-flushed, mid-green leaves. This vigorous, deciduous clematis is ideal for covering a wall or fence in sun or partial shade.

C8  Rosa 'Madame Grégoire Staechelin' climbing rose Position: full sun or partial shade Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained Rate of growth: fast Flowering period: June & July Flower colour: crimson-tinted, clear pink Hardiness: fully hardy Masses of  fully double crimson-tinted, clear pink flowers in June & July & large dark green leaves. This early summer-flowering climbing rose has a delicious scent, The charming, old-style blooms are followed by large, spherical red rose-hips

C8 Rosa 'Madame Grégoire Staechelin' climbing rose Position: full sun or partial shade Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained Rate of growth: fast Flowering period: June & July Flower colour: crimson-tinted, clear pink Hardiness: fully hardy Masses of fully double crimson-tinted, clear pink flowers in June & July & large dark green leaves. This early summer-flowering climbing rose has a delicious scent, The charming, old-style blooms are followed by large, spherical red rose-hips

P12 Heuchera 'Obsidian' Evergreen hardy perennial Position: full sun or partial shade Soil: fertile, moist or well-drained soil Rate of growth: average Flowering period: June - July Flower colour: cream Other features: pest and disease resistant Hardiness: fully hardy An evergreen variety of Heuchera with glossy jet black-maroon leaves darkening as the season progresses. Cream flowers appear in June-July providing a stunning contrast to the leaves. Ideal plant for the front of the border or…

Heuchera 'Obsidian' Striking new variety with glossy jet black-maroon leaves and pure white flowers

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